Posted: Monday, October 01, 2001

Disability Mentoring Day announced

Oct. 24 has been designated Disability Mentoring Day: Career Development for the 21 Century. This event is being hosted by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Presidential Task Force on the Employment of Adults with Disabilities.

"Disability mentoring day is an opportunity for young people with disabilities to gain firsthand exposure to many of the career options available to them," said President George W. Bush.

If you are a student with a disability or an employer who would like to mentor a student, contact Loretta Harvey, Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Incentives Grant at 283-0371 or e-mail at

Boys and Girls Clubs offer new activities for teens

New programs and activities are available for teens at the Kenai Clubhouse. There is a New Technology Lab with 3-D StudioMax and Virtual Reality headsets. The Teen Room has two iMacs and two PCs. With the Club's digital camera and new software, teens can make and edit movies and music.

There is a new crafts work area for teens and stained glass is now being taught. The next craft project will be a group mosaic.

The gym is available daily for basketball, floor hockey, weight lifting, volleyball or just hanging out. The Teen Room has foosball, Ping-Pong and an assortment of video games.

Dues are $20 a year.

Women's volunteer group announces election results

Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities has elected the following members to serve as club officers and members of the board of directors: Brenda Northup, president; Rosanne Van Ray, vice president; Tracy Silta, secretary; Donna Miller, treasurer; and Alice Johnson, Paula Rohloff and Orie Moore, directors.

Soroptimist is a women's volunteer service club that has served Kenai and Soldotna since September 1979.

Folk dance scheduled

The Kenai River Folk Dancers will host the first family and community folk dance of the 2001-02 season on Oct. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School. This special season kick-off will feature Anchorage caller Jim Haack and live music by the Contra Band.

There will be homemade goodies and easy to learn circles, squares, contras and waltzes. Partners are not required, and it will be smoke and alcohol free.

Admission is $5 for participants over 16. Anyone under 16 will be admitted free with an adult. Bring clean, nonmarking shoes. Potluck refreshments are encouraged. For more information, call 283-9227.

Performing Arts Society gears up for season kick-off

The Performing Arts Society of Kenai and Soldotna will begin its 2001-02 season Nov. 3 with Dorli McWayne and Eduard Zilberkant playing the flute and piano from the University of Alaska Fairbanks music faculty.

This concert is followed on Jan. 8 by the San Francisco-based Alexander Quartet, an internationally acclaimed chamber music group.

The final concert will take place Feb. 6 when the popular Sitka Summer Music Festival musicians return to the Kenai Peninsula for an evening of great music. The Sitka musicians will perform two school concerts in addition to the public concert.

Ticket prices are $15 general admission and $12 for seniors and students. For more information, call Jean Brockel at 262-4084

Kenai Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla wins award

The Kenai Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla received formal recognition as the national "Boat U.S. Flotilla of the Year" from a pool of nearly 1,080 flotillas nationwide at the annual national conference of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Portland, Ore.

Under the leadership of Flotilla Commander Becky Moore, the flotilla increased its membership by 37 percent, recruiting 11 new members.

Kenai auxiliarists patrolled the waters around the Kenai Peninsula for 278 operational hours. They sponsored two boating education campaigns, Operation Deep Creek and Operation Dip Net, resulting in no loss of life during these congested sport fisheries. They completed 133 vessel safety checks on boats ensuring compliance with federal regulations.

They also performed marine dealer visits, taught three public boating safety classes, and participated in several community events to educate mariners about safety at sea. Furthermore, they assisted the Coast Guard through proactive recruiting efforts for the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Flotilla Commander Becky Moore accepted the award during a ceremony. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the volunteer portion of the Coast Guard committed to educating the public about boating safety.

Kenai library schedule

The Kenai Community Library Commission will meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Toddler story time is Wednesday at 10 a.m. Preschool story time is Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

For anyone interested in learning more about financial resources available in the library and through the Internet, Dan Moultrie will facilitate a financial-investment forum Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the conference room.

The Writers Group will hold its regular meeting Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the conference room. Anyone interested in writing for pleasure or profit is invited to attend.

Alaska SeaLife Center news

Center volunteer enhances Elfin's diet

Elfin, the tiny sea otter pup being rehabilitates at the center, received a pleasant change in diet, thanks to ASLC volunteer John French. French donated live razor clams to the center that he had collected from Clam Gulch. Elfin was the primary beneficiary as he enjoyed his first live clam early this week. Rehabilitation staff are working closely with the ASLC Aquarium staff members to learn how to keep the clams alive.

Harlequin duck population returns to ASLC

Twenty-three wild harlequin ducks have found a temporary home at the center. The ducks are part of a research project investigating how exposure to oil may be affecting population trends in Prince William Sound. Although this particular group of harlequin ducks is new to the center, the ASLC has housed the species in the past. This year's ducks will have a new habitat. This summer's research deck construction yielded a mesh structure that also may be used to support the eider duck research program when the harlequin ducks depart in late spring.

Gull, marbled murrelet visit 'Animal ER'

A juvenile glaucous winged gull named Mr. Bill, from the Kenai area, is being treated by the ASLC rehabilitation program. The gull was brought to the center after having a fish hook removed that had been wrapped around its bill and into its wing. The gull's bill and wing suffered extensive damage. Its wing is healing slowly and may prevent it from being released back into the wild.

A marbled murrelet made a brief stay in rehab last week. The bird was sent to the ASLC after a crew member found it aboard an oil platform. He noticed the bird would not fly away as he approached it and later deduced it may be injured. Upon the murrelet's arrival to the center, rehabilitation staff determined it was healthy. It was successfully released Sept. 14.

October marks new winter hours

The Alaska SeaLife Center and Discovery Gift Shop's winter hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. begin today. The center can host a variety of after-hours events. For more information, call Aaron Saunders at 800-224-2525, extension 311.

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